Paradise Valley, Arizona
Dominique van de Stadt worked in journalism (World Press Review, The Wall Street Transcript, Harper’s Magazine); publishing (Williams and Wilkins, Waverly Press); public relations (Johns Hopkins Health Systems) and translation services (Oxfam, Berlitz, Translingua) for 15 years after finishing her studies. Subsequently she became a dedicated community volunteer while raising four children, Milena, Adrian, Stefan and Flavia, with her husband, Octavio Pajaro.
She has enjoyed the privilege of serving on the boards and special committees of schools and non-profit music organizations in Florida (Jacksonville Country Day School, Episcopal High School, Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Ritz Chamber Players); Alabama (Alabama Symphony, Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, Scrollworks, Harvard Interviewing Committee, The Altamont School) and Arizona (Red Rocks Music Festival, Phoenix Youth Symphony, Harvard Interviewing Committee, MusicaNova Orchestra, Phoenix Ivy Council). She has also served on the parent committees of the Sphinx Organization in Detroit and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She is one of many parents happy to have served as a “team advisor” for Amy Nathan’s book, The Music Parents’ Survival Guide. A dual Dutch and U.S. citizen, Dominique grew up in Brazil, Angola, Argentina, Turkey and various European countries before coming to the US. She received a BA in History and Literature from Harvard and an MS in Journalism from Columbia.
Bowdoin International Music Festival has been Dominique’s favorite music festival for many years, as three of the Pajaro-van de Stadt children have attended, loved, and benefitted from the Festival for the past 10 years: Milena, violin and viola—currently violist with the Dover Quartet; Stefan, guitar—currently pursuing a singer-songwriter degree at the LA College of Music; Flavia, violin—currently a student at the Peabody Conservatory.